Tl interview questions

Pettjm54

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#2
honestly its better that way. every DTL and exec gives different questions in a very different format. my interview was a half hour long because me and him were just talking about Target.
 

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It's true - there's no need to post Target's specific questions. They are based off of interview questions most other companies would give. It is all about gauging how well you will perform in a leadership role.
 

Pettjm54

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It's true - there's no need to post Target's specific questions. They are based off of interview questions most other companies would give. It is all about gauging how well you will perform in a leadership role.
couldnt of said it better
 
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why do you want to work for target?

tell me about a time you made a change you did not like.

given the numbers 1 to 1,000, what is the minimum number of guesses needed to find a specific number, if you are given the hint 'higher' or 'lower' for each guess you make?

how would you market baseballs if baseball itself became obsolete?

if you were on a merry go round, what song would you be singing?



what can i say... i wanted to help the pre-newbies out as much as possible ;)
 

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why do you want to work for target?

tell me about a time you made a change you did not like.

given the numbers 1 to 1,000, what is the minimum number of guesses needed to find a specific number, if you are given the hint 'higher' or 'lower' for each guess you make?

how would you market baseballs if baseball itself became obsolete?

if you were on a merry go round, what song would you be singing?



what can i say... i wanted to help the pre-newbies out as much as possible ;)
That must be one of them-there trick questions ;)
 
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why do you want to work for target?
tell me about a time you made a change you did not like.
given the numbers 1 to 1,000, what is the minimum number of guesses needed to find a specific number, if you are given the hint 'higher' or 'lower' for each guess you make?
how would you market baseballs if baseball itself became obsolete
if you were on a merry go round, what song would you be singing?
what can i say... i wanted to help the pre-newbies out as much as possible?;)
Do you work for spot? You don't sound like anyone I know on .org site.
 
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Dek067,
if you were on a merry go round, what song would you be singing?
what can i say... i wanted to help the pre-newbies out as much as possible ;)
Indeed, you do! Welcome back!
 
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redeye58

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blood sweat and tears song?
Um, older than that...
I'll have to look up the artist but it was late '60s-early '70s. My older sister used to play it a LOT.
Lyrics started out:
What goes up must come down,
spinnin' wheels got to go 'round.
Talk about your troubles as the day goes by.
Ride a painted pony, let the spinnin' wheels fly...
 
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Um, older than that...
I'll have to look up the artist but it was late '60s-early '70s. My older sister used to play it a LOT.
Lyrics started out:
What goes up must come down,
spinnin' wheels got to go 'round.
Talk about your troubles as the day goes by.
Ride a painted pony, let the spinnin' wheels fly...
Classic song, always been a favorite.

Per wiki:
"Spinning Wheel" is the title of a popular song from 1969 by the band Blood, Sweat & Tears
 
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The best advice anyone every gave me about my TL interviews was be yourself, in a FFF manner. Don't be robotic and just relax, allowing your personality to show.
 

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This should be an obvious one, but answer all of the questions even if you've never had an experience like the one they want you to describe; saying something like, "Uhhh, that's never happened to me; pass" is a guaranteed fail. These "tell-me-about-a-time" questions are, in my opinion, designed to see how well you can think on your feet: if you have to, invent and embellish to your heart's content.
 
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if you have to, invent and embellish to your heart's content.
THIS... SO TRUE.

just pretend you are the best employee ever and talk a big game. be able to give an example detailing your scenario, who was involved, who you partnered with, how you delegate/lead/organized/etc., and who you followed up with, and finally who you recognized and how your results directly affected the company's bottom line. on every question. :D

best prep: get yourself a couple of job interviews somewhere else to practice. you won't be as nervous because your job doesn't depend on the interview, and they don't know you, so you can be a rock star.
 

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Easiest way to get a feel for them is to look at the Leadership Assessment list and build on those.

Its all situational and "how would you approach" type questions.

And in all honesty, never talk yourself up like a rockstar. They all know how the game works and can see it coming. Be yourself, emphasize your wins AND opps, snd if correctable, how you plan on making them better and what that will help you do for the company. Its always bad seeing someone talking themselves up so much that you just feel bad for how hard they're trying.
 
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This should be an obvious one, but answer all of the questions even if you've never had an experience like the one they want you to describe; saying something like, "Uhhh, that's never happened to me; pass" is a guaranteed fail. These "tell-me-about-a-time" questions are, in my opinion, designed to see how well you can think on your feet: if you have to, invent and embellish to your heart's content.
So true. I think there were only a couple of questions I didn't add some embellishment to. All they really want is the scenario, how you contributed/what you did and the outcome. It doesn't even have to be a good outcome, but if it wasn't ideal, they want to know what you learned from the situation.

I've done a ton of team member interviews over the last couple of weeks and the one thing that turns me off every time is "I don't make mistakes, I don't have opportunities/weaknesses, no one is ever unhappy with the work I do" Really? Well, I can name a mistake and an opportunity for you right now.
 

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When it came time to answer a question about certain skills and ability to cope, I told them that I had somebody die in my arms and went back to work the next hour.

They told me it was specific to Target so it didn't count.

/I didn't cause said death if there are any questions...
 

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Talan, in my darkest days you can always make me laugh. Albeit, dark humor but humor nonetheless. :D
 
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#24
Anyone with HR Zone access can find the TL interview questions (parts 1-3 + DTL addendum).

Listen. I prepped developed myself like crazy, and here's what I learned: It's less important that you have a great answer for each question, and more important that you understand the themes you're being asked about. If you pick out the themes, you only need a couple answers that you can use multiple times for multiple questions.
 
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Anyone with HR Zone access can find the TL interview questions (parts 1-3 + DTL addendum).

Listen. I prepped developed myself like crazy, and here's what I learned: It's less important that you have a great answer for each question, and more important that you understand the themes you're being asked about. If you pick out the themes, you only need a couple answers that you can use multiple times for multiple questions.
You were fortunate to have access to that. You will lose it when you become a TL. Only HR TMs, and Sr. TL and up have access to HR Zone.

Ditto on using themes, I swear I used one answer no less than 5 times during my interviews. Make sure you consistent between interviews, as the decision makers will look at all of the notes.:thumbsup:
 

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Answering the questions can be tricky depending on the person asking them.
At one point I started in about how great I thought Targets policy of hiring people with disabilities is (since I fall into that category and we have a number of people on the staff ranging from severe to minor) and how as a TL I would encourage and hire people with disabilities.
I explained that my own experiences and the training I had working at DVR would make me an ideal TL.
Little did I know that the new ETL is very uncomfortable around people with disabilities. I was informed that my answers needed to be more universal (whatever the hell that means) and one of the more cheery members of the crew got the job.
Since he's come on we haven't hired anybody else with a disability and I've watched him turn around and walk the other way rather then deal with one associate.
 

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Because he got a masters in business, went straight from college into Targets executive fast track and never looked back.
I'm sure he will have his own store within the next year or so.
He fits into the rah-rah corporate culture spot seems to be pushing these days and just isn't comfortable around people different then him.
Honestly I don't hold his being uncomfortable around people with disabilities against him, many people have similar issues but most of them make an effort to hide it.
 
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